8 July 2010

hateYesterday, the fifth anniversary of London's 7/7 attacks, a unique anti-hate crime event was organised in Brent in London by the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), the Christian Muslim Forum and the Al-Khoei Foundation.

Over one hundred and eighty people attended the event which was aimed to encourage communities to work together in order to prevent all forms of hate crime.

Andrew Stunnell MP, Minister for Communities and Local Government said:

"I want to congratulate MINAB, Christian-Muslim Forum and the Al-Khoei Foundation and indeed all event supporters for making it happen. It is the will and action coming from within communities themselves that will define our success in tackling and stamping out extremism."

In the run-up to the event twelve secondary schools in Brent also launched an art competition themed around ‘Communities Preventing Hate'. The Minister of State at the Department of Education, Sarah Teather MP presented the winner Zaid Hassan from the Capital City Academy with a Certificate.

hate2The event concluded with a Statement in support of Communities Preventing Hate with a signed declaration on hate crime endorsed by religious leaders across the UK, including Maulana Shahid Raza OBE (Chair of MINAB), Canon Guy Wilkinson (the interfaith Advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury), Bishop Paul Hendricks (Catholic SW Area Bishop and Archdiocese of Southwark), Julian Bond (The Christian Muslim Forum), Dr Waqar Azmi OBE (the British Muslim Forum), Dr Ed Kessler (the Woolf Institute), Dr Manazir Ahsan (the Muslim Council of Britain), Jay Lakhani (Hindu Council of UK), Sayed Saheb Khoei (Secretary of the Al-Khoei Foundation), Rabbi Bernard Koshland (the Chair of Multi Faith Forum - Barnet), Rev Dr Marcus Braybrook (the President of World Congress of Faiths), Inder Singh Chawla (Network of Sikh organisations), Brij-Mohan Gupta (the Hindu Council), Professor Liaqat Ali (The Islamic Centre and Mosque of Brent), Mr Jack Lynnes (The Board of Deputies of British Jews), Katharina Muller (Catholic Committee for relations with Other Religions), Mehri Nicknam (Joseph Interfaith Foundation).

Maulana Shahid Raza OBE, Chairman of MINAB said:
"MINAB plays a critical role at the grass-roots level. We want to work to ensure that all communities come together to prevent hate and bring about a just, fair and equal society where people can live and work without the fear of harassment or violence."